Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

We Remember, He Remembers

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

10th April 2011

When we come to the Lord’s Table we are to remember Jesus in His death:

‘For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes’. (1 Corinthians 11:23–26)

This “remember me” is represented every time we have the Lord’s Supper together. It is our way of obeying Jesus’ instruction to remember what he has done for us through his death, burial and resurrection, and to ensure that those saving acts are an ongoing realty in our lives.

But Jesus also remembers us in our death:

‘One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:39–43)

This “remember me” is one that is very personal between a thief and his Saviour. Yet, it represents Jesus’ heart toward all of us who come to him in repentance and faith.

Just as we remember the Lord through communion, we can rest assured that he too remembers us when we die. The salvation that Jesus won for us at the cross has eternal significance.

‘… [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him’ (Hebrews 5:9)
‘But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant’. (Hebrews 9:11–15)

Have a good week remembering the One who always remembers us.

Pastor Barry

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